Maybach sales behind target

Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz will probably only build 600 Maybach sedans this year instead of the 1,000 units originally planed, said Mercedes car group sales boss Joachim Schmidt.

Schmidt said workers at the Sindelfingen plant need more time than planned to build each unit because customers are ordering more complicated equipment than expected. For example, 80 percent of buyers ordered the panoramic glass roof with electro-magnetic control, much higher than planned. Another surprisingly high order was the partition between front and rear seats in the long-wheelbase Maybach 62 sedan.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz built 702 Maybachs, 166 for export to the United States. But demand in Maybach's most important market has decreased further since then. Only 19 new Maybachs have been registered so far in 2004. Some Maybach suppliers have reduced their planning figures significantly.

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